Tag Archive: Vocal Health

Nobody “Nose” The Trouble I’ve Seen

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Nobody “Nose” The Trouble I’ve Seen Are your breathing habits making it harder for you to sing?             No matter what kind of singing you do, you know how important exhalation is as a source of power for your voice. Diaphragmatic and abdominal muscle coordination determine how much and how …

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Choral Distortions in Pursuit of Blend: Part 1


Choral Distortions in Pursuit of Blend: Part 1 “Cover the Sound”           When we sing in a choir, the ultimate goal is to sound and move as a single unit; to make music in sync with other people using the most uniform sound possible. I think most of us know this …

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“Float the Sound!”

choirs come in all shapes, sizes, and sounds! Every conductor will ask for something different... so how do we adapt?

“Float the Sound!” Singing jargon and the quest for vocal health           Those of you who have met me and been unfortunate enough to get me ranting about arbitrary images as a limited tool for explaining to singers what you want them to do, know that I whole-heartedly reject this practice. …

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What’s Stress Got to Do… Got to Do With It?


What’s Stress Got to Do… Got to Do With It? Understanding the stress response and its affect on the body           As I am currently in the process of moving, I have been thinking a lot about stress. We are all familiar in some way or another with the emotional state …

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The Sing and Squat Conundrum (Part 1)

The importance of the abdomen in breathing demonstration at TEDxGuelphU 2012

The Sing and Squat Conundrum (Part 1) Using isolated abdominal activations (IAAs) to improve breathing continuity during exercise           A couple of years ago I was giving a lecture to a group of kinesiology students on the anatomy of breathing. I demonstrated the importance of the abdomen in breathing using my …

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The Unsung Hero

Layers of abdominal muscles: rectus abdominis (left) and internal oblique (right). a-xiphoid process; b-sternum

The Unsung Hero The important but oft misunderstood role of the abdomen in respiration           Although often a source of obsessive vanity in today’s society, the abdomen is the “unsung hero” of respiration.  Not only does it allow us to control our exhalation, but it has important implications in regulating inhalation …

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The Inspirational King

The Inspirational King The truth about the mysterious and misunderstood diaphragm muscle           The diaphragm is my favourite muscle in the human body, and perhaps the most misunderstood (especially in the singing world). The diaphragm is responsible for an ability to maximize inhalation and therefore has earned the title (in my …

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Whose Air is it Anyway?

A schematic diagram of what happens during inhalation (left) and exhalation (right). During exhalation notice how the rib cage is squeezing the lungs as they exhale and they are getting smaller to push the air out.

Whose Air is it Anyway? The anatomical role of the lungs in breathing             The lungs are often the first structures anyone thinks about when they are considering breathing, and rightfully so. They are the reason we are able to take oxygen from the air and deliver it to our …

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Help! I Can’t Breathe!


Help! I Can’t Breathe! Exploring the “Art of Breathing” and its implications for healthy vocal production   There is no skill more critical to healthy vocal use than that of proper breathing.             When a student walks into my studio for the first time, whether they are a beginner or …

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The HOTTER Singer Dilemma


The HOTTER Singer Dilemma Why more moisture in the air isn’t necessarily a good thing for your voice             High Humidity is often overlooked when thinking about vocal issues because we have been taught: voice + moisture = good! From the earlier discussion about low humidity, we know that moisture …

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